Someone once said everybody has a story. I help tell those stories. Some are heartwarming. Some are tragic. Some are filled with humor. Some leave you in tears. Most do all of the above. I particularly enjoy telling stories of those who refuse to give up no matter what life may throw at them. Below are a few of my favorites I've had the privilege of telling. A full list of my collaborative books can be found on the bottom of the home page.
An Innocent Man, the Cop Who Framed Him, and An Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship
“By all accounts, Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins should be hardened, bitter enemies. But their story demonstrates in a powerful way how God can bring beauty out of brokenness. Convicted is a gripping true story that you don’t want to miss.”
—Jim Daly, President – Focus on the Family.
(Waterbrook/ Penguin Random House)
Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope
One tragic traffic accident. Five university students killed. One survivor. A shocking case of mistaken identity that thrust two families into a bond of grief and joy beyond imagining. This is the story of two students from Indiana's Taylor University, Lauren Vand Ryn and Whitney Cerak: one buried under the wrong name, one critically injured and in a coma being cared for by the wrong family, and the heart-wrenching discovery five weeks later that they had been mistaken for one another. The Van Ryns and Ceraks now come together, two years later, to recount the amazing drama as it unfolded. (Howard/ Simon & Schuster) A NUMBER 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
Cole and Sav
Our Surprising Love Story
Millions around the world followed the fairytale love story of viral YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant and watched as they said “I do.” Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than 100 million views each month. But now for the first time ever, Cole and Sav invite you beyond the highlight reel and into the beautiful and messy, funny and tender story of how God brought two unlikely people together in a surprising, unexpected way. (W/ Harper Collins)
Truth Doesn't Have a Side
My Alarming Discovery About the Dangers of Contact Sports
In Truth Doesn’t Have a Side, discover the truth about CTE: Its causes and symptoms, how we might keep our children safe and guide professional athletes when CTE sets in. The problem of CTE is coming to light with each new story about an athlete’s concussion problem, and we are likely facing dramatic changes to professional sports. You’ll be inspired by Dr. Bennet Omalu a man driven by his love and concern for the welfare of all people, and his professional vow to speak the truth. (Zondervan/ Harper Collins)
Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away
Ben Utecht has accumulated a vast treasure of memories from tossing a football in the yard with his father to catching a pass from Peyton Manning in a Super Bowl.But the game he has built his living on, the game he fell in love with as a child, is taking its toll in a devastating way. After at least five major concussions—and an untold number of micro-concussions—Ben's memories are slipping away. Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away chronicles Ben's remarkable journey from his first tackle in the backyard with his dad to speaking about the long-term effects of concussions before Congress, and how his faith keeps him strong and grounded as he looks toward an uncertain future. (Howard/ Simon & Schuster)